Reaction to the Ferguson grand jury's decision

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Posted: Nov 25, 2014 3:53 AM

"There will be many people who are disappointed in today's decision, even though it is a result of a deliberate legal process that's being independently checked by Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Justice Department. While we await the conclusion of that independent investigation — and continue working together for solutions to systemic issues highlighted by this tragedy — I'm praying that the good people of St. Louis and local law enforcement will remain peaceful and respectful of one another." — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri

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"I think it was a good decision to take this to the grand jury. Everyone will be able to examine that same evidence and come to their own conclusion. These grand jurors poured their hearts and souls into this process." — St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch

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"We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen." — Statement from family of Michael Brown

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"We need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to the broader problems that we still face as a nation. The fact is, in too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color. Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country." — President Barack Obama

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"The NAACP stands with citizens and communities who are deeply disappointed that the grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson for the tragic death of Michael Brown Jr. We stand committed to continue our fight against racial profiling, police brutality and the militarization of local authorities." — Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO

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"Michael Brown's death was a tragedy. This incident has sparked a national conversation about the need to ensure confidence between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve. While constructive efforts are underway in Ferguson and communities nationwide, far more must be done to create enduring trust." — Attorney General Eric Holder

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"We may all experience some inconvenience during the coming days. Depending on the circumstances, we may allow demonstrators to slow traffic, but we will not allow them to hurt anyone or damage anyone's property." — St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay

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"Mike Brown is an emblem (of a movement). This country is at its boiling point. How many people need to die? How many black people need to die?" — Ethan Jury, a protester in Philadelphia, where hundreds marched downtown.

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"As we continue to await word on the U.S. Justice Department's ongoing investigation, I urge all those voicing their opinions regarding the grand jury's decision to do so peacefully. I also urge everyone to continue working to make positive changes that will yield long-term social, economic and spiritual benefits for all our communities." — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon

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"Unfortunately this spun out of control ... What I've seen tonight is probably much worse than the worst night we ever had in August." — St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar

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"Our community has got to take some responsibility for what happened tonight as far as tearing our community apart. This cannot happen. We talked about peaceful protests, and that did not happen tonight." — Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson